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future period. At the same time it employs me,
and may you also, for a little while, in something
less distressing to our thoughts than our own feel-
ings. Though I do not mean to say it is a
frivolous subject, God knows it is a dreadful one
to many a tender parent, wife or child.
Lord Nelson writes several letters. The first
gives an account of the negotiation with Colonel
Strieker about passing the castle of Cronenbourg.
He puns upon the name. An aide-de-camp of the
Crown Prince came on board—Admiral Parker
writes a Danish jackanapes. He wrote something
down, and finding the pen bad, threw it away,
saying, "Admiral, if your cannons are no better
than your pens, we need not fear you much.
To-morrow you will pass the Sound; we shall
give you a warm reception. What are the names
of the commanders ? "
All the captains were then mentioned to him.
He started at the name of Nelson, and exclaimed,
" Ha ! Nelson is here ? Then, I suppose, you
mean to do something."
The second letter gives an account of the
passage of the Sound, which was accomplished
without loss, as not a single shot struck the ships,
though a tremendous firing was kept up from the
Danish forts and batteries.